Archive for July, 2014

I saw this at A Guy’s Moleskine Notebook as well as Facebook ( I think) and I thought it would be fun to go through and do a true or false. Let me know how you feel in the comments. I like to hear from you two 🙂

1. Book is your general outlook on life. People are cool but reading is your preferred social activity.
True. With an explanation. I love to be hanging around the house or the pool with my loved one and our kids with a book in my hand. 

2. You know what a book hangover is and you have them frequently.
True. Sometimes, after a particularly engrossing book, I need to take time off between reads. That’s when I’ll squeeze in a couple of graphic novels. They are always a good palette cleanser for me.

3. You plan whole afternoons around browsing bookstores.
True. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of bookstore options around where I live, but weekends are always planned with a trip to the bookstore and library included in those plans.  In South Florida, it rains every afternoon in the summer, so those are usually the perfect time to go visit the bookstore.

4. If you go too long without buying or reading a book you feel a huge sense of withdrawal and are thinking of the next time you can get away to a bookstore or library.
True. I probably bring at least 3 books into the house on a weekly basis. Much to the consternation of my fiance.

5. You have trouble functioning at work or school sometimes because you stayed up late reading.
False-ish. I usually fall asleep WHILE I’m reading, so I’m usually able to function. I however, have been late to work on many occasion because I prefer to read while I’m drinking my coffee in the morning.

6. You’re constantly sharing your favorite book quotes on social media and have either a Pinterest board or Tumblr dedicated to these quotes.
False. Sometimes I’ll share a quote or two, but usually I’m too involved in the book to stop reading to go online.

7. You’re always looking forward to the weekend but mostly because you can’t wait to get 2 whole days for unadulterated alone time with a new book.
True. I won’t read non-stop thought. I’ll read for an hour or so in the morning, then another hour or two in the afternoon. Depends on the plans and errands I have. If I’m really good and get all the chores done Sat morning, I’ll definitely be able to get in a couple of hours of reading in the afternoon. Also, all bets are off on Sunday. That’s our lazy-do-anything day.

8. You carry a book with you at all times because you never know when you’ll have a spare minute to do some extra reading.
True. Seriously, I read every chance I get. I always have an actual book with me, but then I’ve got the kobo app, the kindle app, the nook app as well as a subscription to Oyster Books. I subscribe to the Book Riot Quarterly Box and that’s where I got the free subscription. I am TOTALLY going to keep it and keep paying. It’s $10 bucks and basically there is enough backlist there that I want to read to last me a life time. Seriously, I love Oyster. And they aren’t sponsoring me. Neither is Book Riot. I just love them both.

9. Your friends and family have stopped asking you what you want for Christmas or birthdays because they know you’ll always say books.
False.  They still ask because they know all I want is books, but they don’t want to get me books that they know I already own.  Since I spend all my money on books, it’s a good bet I need clothes or perfume, which I never buy for myself. The hubs, he buys me gift cards to my favorite book store. Because, you know, he loves me.

10. You take your book clubs seriously. If you show up and you haven’t read the book?
False. I’m slightly anti-social and would just rather read the books I want and talk to my internet friends about it.

11. When you go out to dinner you find yourself wanting to gush about a book you’re reading and the characters in the story. You’ve been spending so much time with them you feel like they’ve become a part of your life just as much as anyone else.
True I’ve dreamt about the books I’m reading before.  And I wish I had a nickel for everytime I started a sentence with “That happened in this book I’m reading (read)…”

12. You don’t mind layovers so much because you know it’s a perfect time to get in extra reading.
True. This is so so true.

13. When you travel you always bring as least two books because you’re not sure what kind of mood you’ll be in or what sort of story you’ll feel like reading.
True. Not so much because of my “mood” but rather, what if I finish one. Since I own two e-readers as well as an iPad and an iPhone, I feel like I’m always with plenty of books. I still always bring two physical books with me. Because, you know, technology isn’t perfect but pages are.

14. And if you don’t have a Kindle you just sort of assume half of your luggage will be all books.
False. See my precious gushing about nooks, iPads, IPhones and Oyster.

15. When someone talks smack about one of your favorite writers you instantly get defensive and suggest they try reading another work by them.
True. Do not put down Jane Austen.

16. You legitimately don’t understand people who say they don’t read.
True. True, I mean, how much TV and internet browsing can you watch??

17. When the movie version of a book comes out you’ll go see it but you know there isn’t any way the movie could be better than the book.
True. I do remember though, one time, that I thought the movie was better. Of course, now that I’m trying to think of it I can’t remember.

18. One of your favorite things to do when arriving in a new city is to check out the local bookstores.
True. I look that up as soon as I’ve booked my flight.

19. You actually have a bookstore bucket list of amazing bookstores around the world you absolutely want and need to visit before you die.
True-ish.  The only place I want to travel to internationally is the UK, so other than those bookstores (hello Charing Cross Road) the ones I mostly want to go to are the ones in the US. 

20. You’ve stopped lending books to friends because you know they just won’t care for the books in the way they should be cared for.
False. I don’t keep most of my books so if someone wants to borrow it, I’m more than happy to lend them out. I just ask that they pass it forward. If it’s a book I want to keep, then all bets are off. I don’t let that out of my sight.

21. You don’t understand how people can be lonely when they have books.
Uh, false. I hope they don’t make me turn in my book-addict card for this but I love my honey and while he knows how special my books are, nothing will replace the feel of a hug from him. Or a hug from one of my kiddos.

22. You’ve skipped over entire meals or canceled plans just so you could finish a book.
True. I won’t elaborate.

23. You honestly can’t think of a better way to spend a Sunday than reading a book and drinking coffee or tea.
True. That’s what I do. Sunday mornings are for coffee reading. Then breakfast and family time.

24. You buy all your friends and family a book for Christmas.
Absolutely true. I spend hundreds of dollars at the bookstore during the holidays. One for them, one for me.

25. You always check out the max amount of books you can at the library and get annoyed when someone asks you if you’ll actually be able to read all of those by the due date. Hello, do you even know me?
True.  Especially when all the holds come in at once. I know you can relate!!

26. You have words from your favorite author or book tattooed on your body somewhere.
False I have tattoos but sadly, none of literary.

27. You buy more books even if you have a stack of books that haven’t been read yet.
True. Although, I have been trying lately, to have the one book in one book out policy. So far, epic fail.

28. And you feel sort of guilty that you haven’t read those books yet but you will! Someday!
True. I’ll get them soon enough!!

29. Pretty much your entire apartment is filled with stacks of books.
False-ish. I have managed to keep them quarantined to the book shelves. Except for that corner in the bedroom. Pay no attention to that corner.

30. You sort of hate when a book is 250 pages or under because you know you’ll just end up reading it within a day or two and will have to find something else to read when it’s finished.
True. But I do enjoy reading a few series and they often are less than 300 pages. But I enjoy it so, what’s it matter.

31. But that’s okay because you always have at least a few emergency books you can choose from if you have nothing else to read.
True. I am always organizing my TBR pile.

32. When people can’t find you they just assume you’re at a bookstore.
False.  I can always be found.

33. You love seeing people in public with books and you’re always try and catch a peek at the title to see what they’re into.
True. I love seeing other people read. It’s like we are a member of a special club.

34. When the ending of a book sucks you feel seriously betrayed by the author. I mean, how could they do this to me?
True. I think I slammed down Gone Girl onto the floor.

35. You think the only way you can truly get to know an old, used book is by smelling it. Ahh, old book smell.
False. While I love the smell of a bookstore and books, my allergies keep me from truly enjoying that.

36. When you find a used bookstore you get ridiculously excited. The level of excitement can sometimes trump excitement over other awesome things like pizza places, ice-cream shops, etc. Your enthusiasm for used bookstores knows no bounds.
True. I want to open a used book store, but sadly I fear that won’t pay the bills.

37. You take it personally when you recommend a book to a friend and 6 months later they still haven’t read it. What are they even waiting for?

False. I don’t really care.

38. You wake up in the morning thinking about the characters in a book and wondering what will happen.
True. Sort of. I have woken up in the morning thinking, I can’t wait to get back to my book.

39. You own a variety of different editions of your favorite book. If you see it in a foreign bookstore or with a new cover you can’t help but want it for your collection.
True. I can’t tell you how many copies of Pride and Prejudice I own.

40. You’ve yelled at a book in public.
True. Also, see above throwing of Gone GIrl.


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Can you believe that we are almost at the end of July? Where has this year gone? It’s been a busy one for me with house buying and engagements! But I always make time for book reading.


I posted earlier about a Big Book Summer challenge and I finished one of them.

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer














This was a fantastic read that hit all of my spots.  It’s got a multiple point of view story that spans decades. It also delivered to me that gut punch ending that Wolitzer also did with her novel The Wife. I didn’t see the ending coming and even thought this was  a big boy page-count wise, I was sad when it ended. I had questions!! I had feelings!! I needed to know more! I needed her to tell me what happened after the ending. It didn’t seem right to just end it where she did. And yet, I liked the ending.  It was one of those endings where everyone gets to imagine their own vision, their own ending. Wolitzer sets it up quiet nicely that way.


I also finished some other books, a Sara MacLean Rules of Scoundrels book two, (OMG so so good) and cozy Savannah Reid mystery that I’ve been trying to catch up on. I’ve got a ways to go on that. Neither of those count for the Big Book Summer Read but I’m going to read The Quick for the next big book that I read. That one is due back at the library on Aug 8th so I’m hoping to get it done before that.


I also requested and received a book from NetGalley that is due out in Oct. called Madame Alexandra’s Rules of Business. It’s another short book, but it looks super interesting. She’s a Paris madame back in the 1800’s and it reads like a business entrepreneur how to guide. From what I’ve read it’s part non-fiction, part fiction. It will interesting to see if I can suss out the truth from the story telling.


My plans for this weekend, other than reading some books and boring chores, is an anniversary dinner with Mr. Adorable. So much wonderful has happened in the past year.

IMG_3023 These are my favorites from last yearMike and Shy











What books are you reading lately?

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I love a good To Read list!



Summer is a great season to be a bibliophile, because it’s considered a totally normal activity to sit in a beach/pool/lawn/whatever chair and plow through books one after the other. (Speaking of which, check out Zadie Smith’s fantastic What It Means to Be Addicted to Reading: “The beach is one of the few places pathological readers can pass undetected among their civilian cousins.”) In addition to Ann’s current favorites, here’s what our staff is reading and loving right now.

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I’m not usually one for challenges. I often don’t finish them, and honestly, life is too short to be lived by the rules. We have enough rules that we have to follow. Things like driving the speed limit and paying a boat load of taxes. But this challenge (which can be found here)seems easy enough since I KNOW I will be reading a 400+ page book before Labor Day. I’ve got one on sitting on my side table as we speak, er, read, well, you read and I’m writing. But you know what I mean.  


So stop and by and visit Sue’s blog, Surely you can commit to one big book. Oh, and by the way, I’m actually going to commit to reading three big books by Labor Day. One, I started a couple of weeks ago and therefore, counts, is The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. It hits so many of my buttons. Multiple points of view, a gathering of friends told over a long period of time. Good plot, characters and writing. What’s not to love? The other big books I’m planning on reading over the summer are The Quick by Lauren Owen. It’s a first time novel set in the past.  I’ve heard great buzz by the folks over at Books on the Nightstand and I pretty much love everything they suggest. My third big book is a couple of years old by now, but I just haven’t gotten around to reading it. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach also has a lot of elements in it that I am a sucker for.  The sports, especially baseball, but also, from what I hear, it’s just really a well-written story. And well, isn’t that all we really want and need in a book?


Let me know if you plan on reading any chunksters over the summer.  Excuse me, while I know go listen to Sir Mix A Lot. You know the song I mean.

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June Happenings

It’s been a while and so much to report. First the new house is awesome! Life is pumping along and it’s nice to finally enjoy each day for exactly that. The day. Life is grand!

I’ve been reading a wide variety of things this past June. First I signed up for the Book Riot box and man am I glad I did. When I got the box there was so much good bookish stuff in there! First thing I did was sign up for Oyster, read both of the Start Here books and then add a ton of books to my TBR list. Plus, I probably spent about $100 on ebooks just from those books. Then I finally read Sarah MacLean’s first book, A Rogue By Any Other Name. I tore through that and while it had some parts that I found a bit slow, I really enjoyed this. And I haven’t read and enjoyed Romance in quite some time. I started the second book in this series, One Good Earl Deserves Another, and WOW! If I was just strongly liking the first one, then I am ready to marry this book. Seriously, Can I get a series just on Pippa. Please Sarah!!

Next up was a memoir by Cesar Milan. I need to train the pug to not run out the door. The memoir was interesting, but I already knew the training tips he included.

The next two books I read were The Wife by Meg Wolitzer. I read it on Oyster with my free subscription also courtesy of the Book Riot Quarterly Box. I’m telling you, sign up for that puppy asap! The book was so good. I love the way she writes her characters. Even though they were flawed, you were still rooting for all of them. And I totally didn’t see the ending coming.

I read An Untamed State by Roxanne Gay at the same time that I was reading The Wife. Until I couldn’t put down Gay’s book anymore and I had to finish it. It was such a visceral read that even now, weeks later, I still find myself thinking back to some of the passages. I checked it out from the library, but I kept copious notes in one of my notebooks because I had so many feelings about this one. This one felt like a punch in the gut sometimes and I kept telling the hubby that I was so disturbed by it. His response was, why are you still reading. And I was all, because it is SO good. It’s hard to explain how something can be so disturbing and still so good to read. I suppose it’s the writing.

I just finished listening to All The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien and it was read by Walter White…er, I mean Bryan Cranston. There were times that I was little lost and I wonder if that would have been the case had I been reading it. But it was so good listening to that voice read it to me that I didn’t care that I was slightly lost. The writing was so good that I would eventually catch up and realize where the story was. I think it was the non-lineal story telling that kept me a little off balance.

Bark by Lorrie Moore is a great collection of short stories. I love when a short story is so good that it leaves you wanting more. This collection definitely did that for me.

Graphic Novels filled in the rest of my June reading. You guys, go read the Saga series by Brian K. Vaughn. Seriously, stop reading my blog right now and go get Vol 1 if you haven’t done so yet. Ok?

I am currently reading a couple of other things but I’ll save that. I think I’ve book nerded out enough. I can’t wait until I can take another week off so I can just sit and read. The couch or the pool. Either one is great!

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